Friday, October 1, 2010

The Bill Walsh - Jim Harbaugh Connection

The Bill Walsh era of the San Francisco Forty-Niners (1979-88) brought San Francisco Bay Area residents three Super Bowl champions. It was a glorious time for football fans and businesses in the Bay Area.

Walsh previously spent two years on the Farm (1977-78) coaching the Stanford Cardinal to wins in the Sun and Bluebonnet bowls.

This year head coach Mike Singletary of the Niners is off to a rotten 0-3 start. How many more years will the Niners wait for Singletary to produce a winner. Might the Niners turn to Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh, who has transformed Stanford football into a tough winning program, just a few miles south on the Farm.

I expect the Forty-Niners will make Harbaugh an offer he won’t refuse when the NFL season ends this year. If so, a great loss to Stanford could be an even bigger gain to the Forty-Niners and the entire Bay Area.